May 29 through June 7, 2020


BFF website: www.brooklynfilmfestival.org | an online festival for extraordinary times


  • The 23rd Brooklyn Film Festival will start on May 29 at 6am NY time (EST) and end on Sunday, June 7 at 7pm NY time (EST)
  • We offer 149 films coming from 40 countries divided into 37 film programs.
  • Film programs will populate our website in groups at different times on May 29
  • The 1st group of films will be available from 6am (NY time – EST) onward. The 2nd group will appear at 10am (EST). The 3rd group will appear at 2pm (EST). The 4th and last group will populate the lineup’s balance starting at 6pm (EST)
  • Once all the programs populate our site, they will remain available for the whole 10-day period
  • BFF this year will show all the films online only via our website: www.brooklynfilmfestival.org
  • Viewers will be able to watch all of our programs free of charge
  • To be able to view BFF’s films, you MUST register a free account with the festival by clicking REGISTER on the festival’s homepage and fill in the registration form
  • Once you click “Submit” at the bottom of the form, you should check your emails
  • On the email the festival sends you, you need to finalize and activate your account (if you don’t see the festival email, check your spam folder)
  • If you don’t see the festival email in your inbox, nor in your spam folder, contact festival@wbff.org and we would be happy to resolve your registration issue
  • Once your account is activated, starting on May 29 you can go to our website, punch in ID and Password to login, and look for our “LOBBY”, where all the 2020 film programs will be listed
  • Once you make your program selection at the Lobby, the THEATER’s doors will open for you to play the program you selected
  • Keep in mind that there is another way to access a film/program. On our website, click Film Lineup or Search to look for a specific film. Once you find the film page you were looking for (every film has a page with all the info about that film), you will also find 2 buttons. One is to “Watch Trailer”, the other is to “Watch Film”. Once you click “Watch Film”, you will be by-passing the “LOBBY” to enter directly into the Theater. Keep in mind that if you have selected a short film, in the Theater you will be prompted to watch the film program where the film you selected is included. If you chose a feature film, in the theater you will be watching only the feature you selected
  • The video server is hosted by Vimeo. To every film that was uploaded on Vimeo, BFF has applied the safest settings available (i.e. videos are not downloadable)
  • As an additional layer of security to protect the filmmakers/films, BFF has added to each film a minimally intrusive watermark
  • For each film chosen for the 2020 festival, BFF has created a dedicated page with info about the film and the filmmaker. You will also find a film image and a button to “Watch Trailer”
  • BFF will also add an additional button/link to “Watch Film” that will take you to our “BFF Online Theater” where the 2-hour film block, which includes the film you selected, will play
  • Each program will be preceded by the festival film trailer and followed by a BFF message that will remind you to vote for your favorite films. This is how we are going to pick the 6 BFF Audience Award winners and the KidsFilmFest’ winner
  • Only after you watch the selected program, you will be able to vote on a 1 to 5 scale for your favorite projects. Audience voting will be limited to one vote per email account
  • BFF will dispense 23 Awards selected by the panels of external judges. These awards will be announced throughout the day on Saturday, June 6 so that the audience will have all day Sunday to watch or re-watch the festival winners.
  • The festival will tally all the Audience votes on June 7 by noon local time (EST) and the six Audience Award winners (one per category) plus the winner of KidsFilmFest will be announced afterwards
  • On June 7 at 7pm NY time, the “watch film” buttons will be removed and the film page with info and the “watch trailer” options will remain
  • Cataloged as TALKBACKTIME, prior and during the festival, BFF will also make available filmmaker’s personal introduction videos as well as pre-recorded Q&A sessions with the filmmakers. All the additional videos will be posted on our site and/or our socials
  • We are also planning to organize and show daily live events featuring participating filmmakers using Facebook, Zoom, and/or other media platforms


The festival will present in competition 149 films coming from every continent. Films are submitted as and divided into 6 categories: Feature Narrative, Feature Documentary, Short Narrative, Short Doc, Experimental, and Animation. In terms of presentation, films are grouped into 37 two-hour programs.


Around the clock, from Friday, May 29 (6:00 AM EST) thru Sunday, June 7 (11:00 PM EST)


This year’s festival will be free of charge for all. Simply register an account with the festival, then login and enjoy over 140 films!


This year, BFF presents the 16th annual KidsFilmFest (KFF). Due to the current situation, KFF this year will be staged online via the BFF website. The programming is featured on the dedicated KFF page on BFF’s website. KFF this year is offering two film programs. One is tailored for kids from 3 to 7 and the other for older kids from 8 to 15 age group. Films are all rated “G” and consists of numerous animated shorts, documentaries, and live-action films


Due to the current situation and the nature of this event, the 9th BFFX has been cancelled
BFF Exchange


BFF awards the winners with prizes totaling more than $50,000 in cash, film services, and products. Check here or the latest on Awards & Prizes

THEME: Turning Point

Just a few months ago, nobody, not even the most daring sci-fi screenwriter, could have predicted the current situation and/or the extent of the COVID-19 takeover. Besides the fact that we are all still dealing with the basics and a resolutive approach feels still far away, one thing seems certain: we won’t be able to go back to the pre-virus thinking and lifestyle anytime soon. The fear of the “invisible danger” that threatens our life is radically modifying our own life routine and the way we deal with our neighbors. It is a “Turning Point” in history. It is a moment that will ultimately reveal who we are as human beings. The Brooklyn Film Festival, with its 2020 event, plans to highlight and dissect people’s character and problem solving attitude as it shifts from one time zone to the next. The international role BFF has always played on the world’s stage, will now come truly handy while with our film lineup we travel from one corner of the planet to another. “Turning Point” is about refreshing our own point of view. It’s about rethinking our old assumptions and learning from the people who share our screen whether they live in a different continent or across the street. “Turning Point” is about reinventing our planet and our life


Please check often our Latest New page and keep up to date with the conversations going on our Socials. A list of pre-recorded and live events such as Q&As and Film Intros with the film directors gets updated on a daily basis


Organized by the same people who brought to you the Williamsburg Brooklyn Film Festival and the Brooklyn International Film Festival, the 501(c)(3) Brooklyn Film Festival is an organization developed from 23 years of experience. Re-branded in 2010, the new BFF rides an enriched mission.

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BFF accepts paperless entries via FilmFreeway.com from July 1 through March 10 of the following year. For DEADLINES, FAQ, rules, and to submit visit: + SUBMIT A FILM


To provide a public forum in Brooklyn in order to advance public interest in films and the independent production of films.
To draw worldwide attention to Brooklyn as a center for cinema.
To encourage the rights of all Brooklyn residents to access and experience the power of independent filmmaking, and to promote artistic excellence and the creative freedom of artists without censure.

To promote, foster, stimulate, increase, and advance Brooklyn’s public interest in film through the following means:

  • – To organize, sponsor, and present forums, lectures, and discussions related to the creation of independent films.
  • – To conduct classes and workshops for the development of new filmmakers and the public exhibition of new and existing works.
  • – To partner with like-minded organizations to exhibit new and existing works.

To support arts organizations with similar missions.
To hold an annual competitive film festival in Brooklyn.